Credential Engine Task Groups

Credential Engine Groups

This image illustrates the general structure and relationship of Credential Engine groups:

AWG Structure

Task Groups are special-purpose groups that exist for as long as they are needed, rather than continuous standing groups like the TAG and AWG.

Current Task Groups

The following are current Task Groups in Credential Engine:

Transfer Value Task Group

Now more than ever, people need to combine education and training from multiple sources in order to continuously re-skill and upskill in rapidly changing careers. Unfortunately, most people do not get the full benefit of transferring their learning achievements to apply to further education and career advancement.

This group will help develop the CTDL Transfer Value Profile terms that can be used by all types of organizations to signal value across all types of learning programs and credentials. The group needs participants to provide transfer value use cases and recommendations for how CTDL can support valuable transfer value “currency.” The group will provide required community review, validation, and feedback before making this new profile a permanent part of CTDL.

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Education & Training-to-Jobs Task Group

With our rapidly changing economy, it’s critical to address the need to improve linking of education & training to jobs.

This group will help develop the CTDL job terms to be used to show the connections between education and training to credentials to jobs. Currently the CTDL can provide rich descriptions of connections to occupation classifications such as O*NET, but as our ever-changing economy has proven, we must also have explicit connections to jobs. This is not intended to describe resumes or Human Resource system content, but it will enable linking skills, competencies, credentials, learning opportunities, assessments and other opportunities to jobs. This means that credentialing organizations can better show connections to jobs and employers can better signal the credentials, skills, and competencies for jobs both in the Registry and on the Web.

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Closed Task Groups

The following are Task Groups that have concluded their work:

Pathways Task Group

The Pathways Task Group convened on July 11, 2019 and finished its initial work January 2019. Between January and February 2019, the process for garnering feedback was followed, and on March 1, 2019, the initial Pathway terms were included with the CTDL.

As uses cases arise that compel determination of additional terms, the input process will be followed. To see a grouping of the Pathway classes, click here. In particular, note the Pathway Classes and Pathway Component and Subclasses. These groups are a helpful way to organize information for users. CTDL classes are shown in alphabetical order via the Classes section of the CTDL terms page.

See also the Pathways Task Group Charter.

Employment and Earnings Task Group

Two closely-related groups, collectively known as the Employment and Earnings Task Groups (EETG), convened on February 7, 2019 and closed in September 2019:

  • The Employment and Earnings CTDL Data Model and Terms Group
  • The Employment and Earnings Data Policy and Practices Group

See the Employment and Earnings Task Groups Charter.

In Scope

The following is within the scope of the EETG:

  • Credential Engine's scoping interest lies in the definition and description of the labor market value of credentials as indicated by aggregate-level data and metrics describing the employment and earnings of credential holders.
  • Employment and earnings data sources and the construction of performance metrics that are important in determining data quality and trustworthiness and improving metric comparability and data integration that are relevant to the EETG subgroup that would address guidance for ensuring data quality.

Out of Scope

The following is outside the scope of the EETG:

  • Other labor market indicators, such as:
    • whether employers signal that they require, prefer or otherwise recognize the credential, and
    • whether a quality assurance organization (e.g., industry, professional or labor organization) endorses or recognizes the credential
    • whether the credential is intended to prepare an individual for growing or high-demand occupations with average earnings above a chosen threshold.
  • Development and sharing of individual-level data of credential holders (this is out of scope for Credential Engine entirely)

Employment and Earnings CTDL Data Model and Terms Group

The Employment and Earnings CTDL Data Model and Terms Group has the following tasks:

  • Agree to Charter and Plan.
  • Participate with 4 - 5 webinars.
  • Work in coordination with EEDPP.
  • Identify additional use cases.
  • Gather examples.
  • Explore existing and emergent models.
  • Review and provide feedback on domain model.
  • Develop and review terms with definitions.
  • Review encoded (e.g., JSON-LD) examples.
  • Iterate back with the full TAG at significant junctures.
  • Develop consensus for approval to go forward.

Employment and Earnings Data Policy and Practices Group

The Employment and Earnings Data Policy and Practices Group has the following tasks:

  • Agree to Charter and Plan.
  • Participate with 4-5 webinars.
  • Work in coordination with EECDMT.
  • Identify, gather, and share existing sources of guidance and best practices.
  • Develop recommended guidance and best practice for use by Credential Engine, the Credential Registry, and its partners.
  • Based on this guidance and best practices, provide input to EECDMT Group about what terms and descriptors should be addressed and included in the CTDL.
  • Develop consensus for approval to go forward.